Strategic Partnership Program

2004 Horizons Resource Strategic Partnership Program

2004 Horizons Resource Strategic Partnership Program

Nonprofit leaders, especially in community organizations, face nearly impossible demands, which can lead to isolation and burnout. In response, Horizons launched our Strategic Partners Program (SPP) to provide mutual support, individual coaching, and skills building for LGBT leaders from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Equally important, the Strategic Partnership Program has stitched together a network among organizations to facilitate ongoing collaboration.

An evaluation of the Strategic Partnership Program found that 100 percent of the participants reported personal and/or professional benefit from the program, including 87 percent who said they were better able to manage the stress and challenges of their job thanks to their participation in the Strategic Partnership Program. The program has also had a measurably positive effect on their organizations: 46 percent of the participants felt the Strategic Partnership Program was a factor in achieving an increased or more stable organizational budget, and 50 percent reported positive changes in staffing as a result of their participation in the Strategic Partnership Program.

The Strategic Partnership Program concluded in late 2008. During its eight years in existence — an unusually long time for such a program — Horizons was privileged to support executive directors from the following organizations:

  • Ally Action
  • Black Coalition on AIDS
  • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
  • Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
  • Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
  • Dimensions Clinic
  • GLBT Historical Society
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
  • Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC)
  • Lighthouse Community Center
  • Lyon-Martin Health Services
  • New Leaf: Services For Our Community
  • Openhouse
  • Our Family Coalition
  • Pacific Center for Human Growth
  • Purple Moon Dance Project
  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
  • Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County
  • San Francisco LGBT Community Center
  • Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns
  • Transgender Law Center

The Bridge That Calls Us Together

M.J. is the host of the “Revolting Seniors” podcast, produced by Horizons’ grantee partner Curry Senior Center. Curry works with the senior LGBTQ population in the Tenderloin.

“The senior community in the Tenderloin is a pretty large group. In fact, it’s the largest senior community in the city.  Read more.